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A thumbs-down for Kuchar’s ‘capitulation’
I guess whining works, especially when you have a bunch of media blowing the Matt Kuchar caddie story out of proportion (“Kuchar misses gimme on doing right thing,” Jan. 15). It’s easier to make a statement and pay it off like the corporations do.

If I were Kuchar, I would make sure not to use any more temporary caddies unless a contract is drawn up and signed.

I still like Kuchar, but it’s too bad about the capitulation.

Michael Merrill
McKinney, Texas

All’s well that ends well
An addendum to the Matt Kuchar story: He did what was right (“Kuchar misses gimme on doing right thing,” Jan. 15).

Bravo, Matt! Bravo, Tom Gillis, for defending the meek. End of story.

Jim Robinson
Syracuse, N.Y.

Tugging at the heartstrings
Jaime Diaz said Sunday morning on Golf Channel that Matt Kuchar's apology a day earlier was one of the most “heartfelt” ones he's ever heard. I'd agree with that if it came immediately upon being called on it. But Kuchar stated and restated over the past few days that the amount he paid was fair (“Kuchar misses gimme on doing right thing,” Jan. 15).

His “heartfelt” apology was not for stiffing the caddie. He was sorry that he got caught.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

The Bard of Avon would have approved
I'm glad to see that Matt Kuchar saw the light and fixed things (“Kuchar misses gimme on doing right thing,” Jan. 15).

Good for Kuchar, and good for caddie David Ortiz that there will be a fair resolution to the Mayakoba tournament dispute. It would have been better if it hadn't played out so publicly and if Kuchar's change of heart didn't seem so forced, but done is best.

A generous spirit works both ways, Kooch. As Shakespeare said of mercy, “It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.”

Shirley Stuart
Berkeley, Calif.

How do you say caveat emptor in Spanish?
Several years ago, my wife and I, with a small group, visited Mayakoba Resort in Mexico. Twelve of us played golf, with one caddie per foursome who rode on the rear of the cart. We were told in the shop what the “tip” was.

After our round, each of us gave the caddie the mandatory tip plus a bit more. Later comparing notes, we found we all had given the tip for the group, plus one member had pre-arranged to pay all the group’s mandatory tip, so our “David Ortiz” got five tips from our group. He never told anyone that he had received the mandatory tip-plus. Instead, he hit each player for the tip and cashed out before we were done on 18, thus pocketing more than $500 in tips. Not bad for a day riding on the cart, and not being very helpful.

The next day, I chatted with the pro about his not informing our caddie about the pre-arranged tip and our “David Ortiz” hitting each player for his tip. He laughed and said it was our loss, that the caddies work only for tips and we should have coordinated. He was correct, but in my mind there was a lack of ethics with him and the caddie.

Buyer beware. Mexico is lovely, but beware that there are no ethics in this tourist zone. It seems to me that David Ortiz received a better outcome than we received in our day golfing with our “David Ortiz.”

Matt Kuchar not doing the “right thing,” as some have pointed out? Was our experience unethical? This happened long before Kuchar made his agreement with David Ortiz. Kuchar paid his agreed rate, and more. He was fairer to David Ortiz than the Mayakoba staff was to me and our group.

Patrick Scott
Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

No need to go to great lengths to challenge pros
Something was missing from Alex Miceli’s article about the 10th hole at Riviera Country Club (“Riviera’s 10th holds key in distance issue,” Feb. 15).

What design elements make this hole so perplexing? Many readers might be vaguely familiar with the difficulty, as noted by TV commentators over the years, but like me have forgotten the reasons why.

I agree that designers should be included in the distant debate, especially if they can enact change without resorting to the USGA method of narrowing fairways and growing knee-high rough. Other obstacles can be incorporated in PGA Tour venues that make the professional pause and consider the consequences of not reaching the fairway, such as uneven lies/mounding, waste areas and herbaceous- or gorse-like plants that could stymie an errant shot. To me, there is nothing more exciting than watching a pro escape from an improbable predicament and be rewarded by his skill.

These are amazingly good players who can be challenged much more than they currently are.

Ken Chojnacki
Delran, N.J.

Funniest man in the room … when he’s alone
Oh, how I wish CBS would replace Gary McCord, perhaps with a mime. His constant chatter is as annoying as fingernails on a chalkboard. He is a classic witling: He thinks he is funny, but he is not.

The Genesis Open, while compelling, would have been more enjoyable without McCord’s inane commentary.

Ginny Kavanagh
St. Augustine, Fla.

Pointing out the obvious
Did anyone else hear what I heard during CBS's coverage of the L.A. Open?

I heard Peter Kostis and Ian Baker-Finch, two announcers who have never said a bad word about any golfer – ever – call out J.B. Holmes on slow play, specifically pointing out that he could have done his pre-shot preparation before it became “his turn.”

My take is that the PGA Tour does not want to penalize anyone – God forbid that a rules official actually does his job and penalizes someone in contention for slow play – and therefore have abrogated that responsibility by asking the TV announcers to call out slow play. Shaming them during the broadcast does not cost them any money.

Hey, if that works, great. If not, toss out a couple of two-stroke penalties to guys in contention and this slow-play nonsense will end PDQ.

Steve Cooney
Pottstown, Pa.

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